Meringue Drops Recipe
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Meringue Drops Recipe

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If you don't have time to pipe the meringue could be spooned into 2-in. circles. Extract flavorings could be added to the meringues to change the flavor.
Recommended: Top 10 Lemon Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Food coloring, optional
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • White pearl or coarse sugar, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 27 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Preheat oven to 300°. Add vanilla, cream of tartar and if desired food coloring to egg whites; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form.
  3. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert #3 star pastry tip. Fill bag with meringue. Pipe 2-in. circles or shapes 2 in. apart onto prepared baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle with pearl sugar.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until set and dry. Turn oven off; leave meringues in oven for 1 hour. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Meringue Drops in Simple & Delicious March/April 2006, p53

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Cushy User ID: 8238093 219265
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"I doubled the recipe and added a 3 oz box of strawberry jello with 1 cup of sugar. I also decreased the cooking time to 12 minutes because I made them smaller (tablespoon) and decrease the oven time to 40 minutes. No pastry bag needed! Excellent chewy centers and crispy shells. Daughter loves them! Like little balls of cotton candy!"

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 143390
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"I used peppermint extract instead of vanilla which was tasty, but I think leaving them in the oven for an hour is a little long, they seemed to be too done."

Love2Experiment User ID: 5719731 159516
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"To change this up, I added a good 1 1/2 tablespoons of raspberry jello powder at the point of mixing in the sugar and finished by topping the piped meringue with white decorative coarse sugar before baking. The gelatin mix added a nice flavor and color. (You could use most any flavor) These were light and airy and reminded me of cotton candy."

stacybethc User ID: 1051556 157908
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2011

"Very tasty! So light and airy and crunchy. And very easy to make!"

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